Leeds United will sell Illan Meslier “straight away” if he starts looking for the exit door, according to Gabriel Agbonlahor.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider the former Aston Villa and England striker warned the 21-year-old Marcelo Bielsa will not be held to ransom after his agent’s latest comments.
Xavier Fleury told the LUFC fanzone podcast last week that his client’s performances in the Premier League were attracting the interest of “top” teams.
Asked whether Fleury’s latest comments are an attempt to secure his client a better contract, Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “It’s a bit strange.
“He’s not been outstanding this season, he’s made a lot of mistakes.
“He owes it to Leeds to stay there and keep learning how to be a better goalkeeper.
“He’s not the finished article, he’s still got a lot to learn. He should stay at Leeds where he’s going to get game time and become a better goalkeeper.
“I’m sure Bielsa, by looking at him, will not be held to ransom by any player. He looks like the sort of manager that will say ‘you know what, if you don’t want what the club want, you can go.’
“I’m sure if they don’t agree to what the club want to do, they’ll sell him straight him away.”
Meslier became the first goalkeeper under the age of 21 to keep eight Premier League clean sheets in a season last month.
However, Leeds have conceded 46 Premier League goals this season – only West Brom and Crystal Palace have let in more.